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Hakimi reveals real reason behind Real Madrid departure

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Despite having proved his qualities, the Morocco international was deemed surplus to requirements by Zinedine Zidane last summer.

Achraf Hakimi insists he would have loved to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid but walked out the exit door because he wasn’t wanted at the club.

A product of La Fabrica, Real Madrid’s famed youth academy, Hakimi made 17 appearances for the La Liga champions in 2017/19 before leaving for Borussia Dortmund on loan the following season.

In his two seasons at Dortmund, he made a name for himself not only as one of the most exciting talents in Europe but also as one of the best full-backs in the world.

Los Blancos, however, chose not to keep hold of him despite his exploits and sold him to Inter Milan for a reported €40 million last summer.

“People said I wanted regular game time, but that’s not true,” said Hakimi, speaking to El Chiringuito

“Real Madrid was my home. I would’ve loved to stay there and fight for my place… but the club decided otherwise.

“I can’t blame [head coach Zinedine] Zidane or the board. I guess Real Madrid maybe have the right of first refusal for me.

On a possible return to the Spanish capital, he added: “Nobody has called me, they had a chance to sign me last season, but they made different choices.”